CACHE CREEK, B.C. - A violent storm has ripped through Cache Creek in British Columbia's Interior, bringing with it heavy rainfall, gusting winds, and hail.
Highway 1 and Highway 97 were closed in both directions in the community on Saturday evening due to flash flooding, but have since been reopened.
Kamloops Search and Rescue volunteers were en route to Cache Creek based on reports that a vehicle and two mobile home trailers washed into the Bonaparte River.
Volunteer search manager Alan Hobler says it's believed the occupants of the vehicle were able to escape.
Cache Creek resident Shauna Bolton says she has never seen such an extreme storm hit the community, adding it only lasted about 30 minutes.
She says police have blocked off a number of washed-out roads, noting debris is also preventing some motorists from arriving at their destination
Merritt was also hard hit by a passing system Saturday afternoon. Resident Shalyn Byrne says the fast-moving storm brought with it hail, high winds, and torrential rain.
"It was to the point where people were pulling over on the side of the road," Byrne said, adding that water was running like a river down the street.
Environment Canada upgraded a severe thunderstorm watch to a warning for the South Thompson and Nicola Valley regions.
A severe thunderstorm watch is still in effect for 100 Mile and the Cariboo. According to Environment Canada's website, nickel-sized hail has been reported with this storm. Residents are also cautioned to watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts. (CFJC)
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